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sis, the important role in the community, our legislation has received a broad range of community support and i know that we have the planning department and we also have father tommy from st. bonafice here along with edward [speaker not understood]. i want to give st. bonafice and [speaker not understood]. >> [speaker not understood]. both the planning department and our commissions reviewed this and it is of utmost importance we make sure that rezoning such as this which would confer the ability to sell transfer development rights are only done when it is in the public interest and not necessarily in the private interest of the asking party. in this indication, the proposal passed with flying colors meeting all of the criteria and was recommended by approval unanimously both [speaker not understood] and historic preservation commission. thank you. >> thank you. father tommy, would you like to come and comment as well?
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good afternoon, supervisors. my name is father tommy [speaker not understood], the pastor at st. bonafice church. we serve many critically and important [speaker not understood] in the tenderloin ~. the building itself is the tenderloin's most distinctive and dominant landmark. spiritually it's a place of peace and tranquility. it also provides a place of rest for many san francisco economically disenfranchised and homeless citizens. the architecture, the art and particularly the century old stain glassed windows provide humanizing beauty. and filled with dehumanizing poverty [speaker not understood]. during the day people come in to enjoy the beauty, the quiet for a chance to pray, meditate, or just gather their thoughts. the church is also hosted for nearly a decade now. it will be a project as
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supervisor kim mentioned. the project provides space in the back half of the church for people to sleep and rest during the day. many of the people on the church pews were on the streets the night before because there were not adequate space for them in the shelters. also having nowhere to go during the day at a time when the shelters are closed. any given time during the weekdays, anywhere between 40 and 90 people resting in the pews of saint bonafice. you might imagine opening our doors to so many people takes a heavy toll on the building. we also provide one of the building to the [speaker not understood] academy, a private catholic school which serves 4 through 8 grade students with families in the tenderloin area. because parents only pay $50 per month, tuition is covered by scholarships. [speaker not understood] and advance to sacred heart cathedral high school. approximately 80% of them go on to college.
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for students in the tenderloin, that is an incredible statistic. the majority of the people is the [speaker not understood] serves are very poor. many work two or three jobs just to cover the high cost of rent and to feed their families. our parishioners are multi-cultural. because of their high level of poverty, our parishionerses are able to contribute very little to the income of the church. as a result, we do not have adequate funds to cover the cost of preserving such a very large building. it what completed in 1902. the great earthquake of 1906 destroyed nearly the entire structure. miraculously the main tower and two accompanying towers of the church remain standing. those towers were incorporated into a new building constructed in 1907. therefore, the church as it stands today includes the most prominent architectural feature from 1902 with remaining built from [speaker not understood] and upon ashes of the original building.
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the church's most beautiful architectural ornaments are the stained glass windows. the 27 hand painted windows are designed by the premiere art glass designers in the world. the collection of the church represents only a few remaining complete examples of this genre of church he he in the united states. having with stood past 105 years, the windows are now unstable. the [speaker not understood], the glass is cracking and many of them are in jeopardy of complete destruction. a recent proposal estimated the cost of restoration at about $2 million. as i mentioned earlier, the church barely has enough funds at any given time for substantial operating expenses. it would be impossible for the church with limited resources to begin such an immense financial undertaking as repairing these hand painted stain glass windows. to restore the stain glass, the church needs a new and substantial source of funds. if the church were allowed to
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sell transferrable development rights, we anticipate over time we would have sufficient funds to complete the restoration of all of our windows. without those funds as a stained glass continues to crack and break, they will have to be replaced. if that occurs we will have no other option to put temporarily put plywood over the windows, [speaker not understood] clear glass. and if we can raise the money, that would certainly be a travesty. the church is a landmark worthy of preserving for all the citizens of san francisco and particularly for the people that call the tenderloin their home. the church has long been known as the oasis of the tenderloin. community sub for the for the proposed restoration has been overwhelming. this is the following list of the supporters. tenderloin neighborhood development, community housing partnership, university of california hastings college of law, episcopal community services, mercy housing, saint
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anthony's foundation, alliance for better district 6, tenants association, coalition, and san francisco architectural heritage. we are also grateful to receive unanimous support from the historic preservation commission and as mentioned unanimous support from the san francisco planning commission. this is a great cause and one that will help preserve this landmark for future generations. thank you very much. >> thank you so much for your presentation. >> thank you, supervisor kim. at this point can we proceed with public comments? okay. we will open it up for public comment on item number 2. i have no public comment cards. we have one, but then i got a note that this person will not speak, edward solesky. so, is there any public comment on item number 2? okay. seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel] >> and, supervisor kim, would you like to make a motion on item number 2? >> sure. i would like to make a motion
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to forward with positive recommendation. but again would like to thank all parties for their [speaker not understood] through this process. we want to be really careful when we expand on potential sites to the tdr program that we aren't oversaturating, that we do have the framework by which we enter in other parcel. i think the church is a perfect example of the type of parcel we would like to support through the tdr program. it is both contiguous to the zone area and is also a nonprofit institution that serves such an important need in the tenderloin community. and i just want to note something that i really [speaker not understood] over christmas, the students actually do a free concert for any homeless residents to come to watch them sing and carol. and i think that's such a wonderful way for young people to learn how to give back at an early age. and again, it could be a project could be an amazing place. i wish more of our churches were able to did that. we have a limited amount of daytime drop-in centers for
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homeless residents in our city, the good will project is really one of the few churches i know of that opens its doors to everyone in the city. it's just really just an amazing resource and i want to appreciate all the work that you do and really fulfilling your mission through your church. so, again, want to move this forward with positive recommendation. >> okay. supervisor kim has made a motion to move forward with positive recommendation and can we take that without objection? >> yes, please. >> okay, without objection, that will be the order. [gavel] >> madam clerk, is there any additional business before the committee? >> there is no further business. >> okay, then we are adjourned. [gavel] >> thank you, everyone. [adjourned]
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>> hello, i am with the recreation and parks department. we are featuring the romantic park location in your backyard. this is your chance to find your heart in santa and cisco with someone special. -- san francisco with someone special. our first look out is here at buena vista park, a favorite with couples and dog walkers.
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both have a significant force. a refreshing retreat from urban life. the romantic past that meander up and down the park under pines and eucalyptus. hang out in this environment and you might see butterflies it, fennel, and then the lines. -- dandelions. is ada accessible. public transit is plentiful. we have conquered the steps, we have watched the dogs, and we have enjoyed a beautiful view. this is a place to take someone special on a romantic stroll and enjoyed a beautiful look out.
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welcome to corona heights located in the heart of this district. it offers a view of the downtown skyline, the bay bridge, and the east bay. it is one of the best kept secrets in the city. it is hardly ever crowded. on any given day, you will run into a few locals. , bought a 37 bus to get there without any parking worries. for legged friends can run freely. there is also a patch of grass for the small box. >> it is a great place. it is a wonderful place to have these kinds of parks. that dog owners appreciate it. >> take time to notice of the wildfires that are on the grassland and keep your head out on the lookout for hawks and other bird life. be sure to take your camera and be prepared to take a view of the city will not forget.
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it has a beautiful red rock formations. you could watch the sunrise over the bay. this is another one of our great lookouts. we are at mount davidson. 928 feet. this is the place for you to bring someone special. to not forget that dogs and enjoy all of the pathways and greenery that surrounds you. it provides a peaceful oasis of open space and great hiking trails. the spectacular view offers a perfect place to watch the sunrise or sunset with someone you love. >> it is a good place to get away from the hectic life of the city. come up here and listen to
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nature, i get some fresh air. that view is fantastic. >> where sturdy shoes. hikers get the feeling of being in a rain forest. mount davidson is also a great place to escape the noise and the bustle of the city. take the 36 bus and it will drop you at the entrance. it is quite a hike to the top but the view is worth every step. this is the place to bring that someone special. golden gate park's largest body of water is an enchanting place. is a popular spot for paddling around in boats, which can be rented. created in 1893, it was designed
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for these your boating -- for leisure boating. it is named for the wild strawberries that once flourished. there is also a waterfall, two bridges, and trails the climb to the summit, the highest point at more than four hundred feet. you can catch glimpses of the western side of the city that make this hilltop a romantic look out. for public transit, i take the n train. the lad the ad -- lake is ada accessible. watch many ducks, swans, and siegel's.
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-- seagulls. it is a great place to stroll and sail away. many couples come here to take a ride around a lake, going under the bridges, passing the chinese pavilion and the waterfall. for a quiet getaway, making for a memorable and magical experience. located on 19th avenue, this growth is the place to where you're hiking boots, bring the family and the dog because it has so much to offer you and your loved ones. it is a truly hidden gem in the city. the park is rich with eucalyptus trees. long paths allow you to meander, perfect for a dog walking in a wooded environment.
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>> i enjoy the history. the diversity of nature that exists in such an urban city, concrete streets, cars, we have this oasis of the natural environment. it reminds us of what the history was. >> there is a section for dogs and plenty of parking. transit is available on the 28 bus to get you very easily. the part is ada -- park is ada accessible. it is also a natural lake. this is your chance to stroll around the lake and let the kids run free. it also has many birds to watch. it is a place to find and appreciate what you -- a
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wonderful breath of fresh air. come and experience in this park and enjoy the people, picnics, and sunshine. this is a lovely place to take a stroll with your loved ones. in the middle of pacific heights, on top of these hills, it offers a great square, a peaceful beauty, large trees and grass and greenery. it features tables and benches, a playground, restaurants, and tennis courts. there are plenty of areas for football and picnics. it is very much a couple's park. there are many activities you can experience together. stroll on the pathways, bring your dog, or just picnic at one of the many tables and enjoy all that it has to offer together.
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many couples find this is a perfect park to throw down a blanket and soak up the sun. it is a majestic place that you can share with someone you chairs. lafayette park is also easily accessed from the 47, 49, and 90 buses. it is ada accessible. we are here at the historic palace of fine art in the marina district. originally built for the 1950's exposition, the palace is situated on san francisco's number waterfront. it is ada accessible and is reached by the 28, 30, and 91 bus lines.
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set against the reflecting waters of the lagoon and eucalyptus trees, the palace is one of san francisco post most -- san francisco's most romantic spots to relax with that special someone while listening to the water and gazing at the swans. a beautiful to view from many locations along the mattoon, an ideal place to -- all -- lagoon, an ideal place to walk with a loved one. reservations for weddings are available at discarding contains plants referred to by william shakespeare's plays and poems. welcome to the shakespeare garden here in the famous golden
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gate park. located near the museum and the california academy of sciences, the garden was designed by the california spring blossom and wildfilower association. here is a truly enchanting and tranquil garden along a path behind a charming gate. this garden is the spot to woo your date. stroll around and appreciate its unique setting. the gorgeous brick walkway and a brick wall, the stone benches, the rustic sundial. chaired the part -- share the bard's word hundred famous verses from a shakespearean plays. this is a gem to share with
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someone special. pack a picnic, find a bench, and enjoy the sunshine, and let the whimsical words of william shakespeare and floats you and your loved one away. this is one of the most popular wedding locations and is available for reservations. take a bus and have no parking worries. shakespeares' garden is ada accessible. located at the bottom of this hill, it is a secret garden with an infinite in captivating appeal. carefully tucked away, it makes the top of our list for most intimate pyknic setting. avoid all taurus cars and hassles by taking a cable car. or the 30, 45, or 91 bus.
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the garden was designed by thomas church in 1957. grow old with me, the best is yet to be is inscribed on a sundial. it is anchored by twin white gazebos and flowers that bloom year-round. this is the place to tell someone special or the place to declare the commitment you two share. weddings and the event reservations are available for this adorable hidden gem. we know there are many other romantic parks in san francisco. we hope you have enjoyed this torre of lookouts, picnics, and strolls that are available every day. until next time, do not forget
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to get out and play. for more information about reserving one of these romantic locations or any other location, call 831-5500. this number is best for special events, weddings, picnics, and the county fair buildings. or for any athletic field, call 831-5510. you can write us at -- or walk in and say hello. and of course you can find more information --
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>> hi today we have a special edition of building san francisco, stay safe, what we are going to be talking about san francisco's earth quakes, what you can do before an earthquake in your home, to be ready and after an earthquake to make sure that you are comfortable staying at home, while the city recovers. ♪ >> the next episode of stay safe, we have alicia johnson from san francisco's department of emergency management. hi, alicia thanks to coming >> it is a pleasure to be here with you. >> i wonder if you could tell us what you think people can do to get ready for what we know is a coming earthquake in san francisco. >> well, one of the most things that people can do is to make sure that you have a plan to communicate with people who live both in and out of state. having an out of state contact,
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to call, text or post on your social network is really important and being able to know how you are going to communicate with your friends, and family who live near you, where you might meet them if your home is uninhab hitable. >> how long do you think that it will be before things are restored to normal in san francisco. >> it depends on the severity of the earthquake, we say to provide for 72 hours tha, is three days, and it helps to know that you might be without services for up to a week or more, depending on how heavy the shaking is and how many after shocks we have. >> what kind of neighborhood and community involvement might you want to have before an earthquake to make sure that you are going to able to have the support that you need. >> it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors and your community. go to those community events, shop at local businesses, have a reciprocal relationship with them so that you know how to
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take care of yourself and who you can rely on and who can take care of you. it is important to have a battery-operated radio in your home so that you can keep track of what is happening in the community around and how you can communicate with other people. >> one of the things that seems important is to have access to your important documents. >> yes, it is important to have copies of those and also stored them remotely. so a title to a home, a passport, a driver's license, any type of medical records that you need need, back those up or put them on a remote drive or store them on the cloud, the same is true with any vital information on your computer. back that up and have that on a cloud in case your hard drive does not work any more. >> in your home you should be prepared as well. >> absolutely. >> let's take a look at the kinds of things that you might want to have in your home. >> we have no water, what are we going to do about water? >> it is important for have
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extra water in your house, you want to have bottled water or a five gallon container of water able to use on a regular basis, both for bathing and cooking as well as for drinking. >> we have this big container and also in people's homes they have a hot water heater. >> absolutely, if you clean your hot water heater out regularly you can use that for showering, drinking and bathing as well >> what other things do people need to have aren't their home. >> it is important to have extra every day items buy a couple extra cans of can food that you can eat without any preparation. >> here is a giant can of green giant canned corn. and this, a manual can opener, your electric can opener will not be working not only to have one but to know where to find it in your kitchen. >> yes. >> so in addition to canned goods, we are going to have fresh food and you have to preserve that and i know that we have an ice chest.
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>> having an ice chest on hand is really important because your refrigerator will not be working right away. it is important to have somebody else that can store cold foods so something that you might be able to take with you if you have to leave your home. >> and here, this is my very own personal emergency supply box for my house. >> i hope that you have an alternative one at home. >> oh, i forgot. >> and in this is really important, you should have flashlights that have batteries, fresh batteries or hand crank flashlight. >> i have them right here. >> good. excellent. that is great. additionally, you are going to want to have candles a whistle, possibly a compass as well. markers if you want to label things if you need to, to people that you are safe in your home or that you have left your home. >> i am okay and i will meet you at... >> exactly. exactly. water proof matches are a great
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thing to have as well. >> we have matches here. and my spare glasses. >> and your spare glasses. >> if you have medication, you should keep it with you or have access to it. if it needs to be refrigerated make sure that it is in your ice box. >> inside, just to point out for you, we have spare batteries. >> very important. >> we have a little first aid kit. >> and lots of different kinds of batteries. and another spare flashlight. >> so, alicia what else can we do to prepare our homes for an earthquake so we don't have damage? >> one of the most important things that you can do is to secure your valuable and breakable items. make sure that your tv is strapped down to your entertainment cabinet or wall so it does not move. also important is to make sure that your book case is secure to the wall so that it does not fall over and your valuable and breakables do not break on the ground. becoming prepared is not that difficult. taking care of your home, making sure that you have a few
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extra every-day items on hand helps to make the difference. >> that contributes dramatically to the way that the city as a whole can recover. >> absolutely. >> if you are able to control your own environment and house and recovery and your neighbors are doing the same the city as a whole will be a more resilient city. >> we are all proud of living in san francisco and being prepared helps us stay here. >> so, thank you so much for joining us today, alicia, i appreciate it. >> absolutely, it is my pleasure. >> and thank you for joining us on another edition of building >> commission adams. >> here >> brandon. >> here. >> murphy. >> here. >> wo oho. >> here. >> and